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A 32-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from The Hague have been arrested for trying to recruit people to fight in Syria and Iraq, police said on Thursday.
South Africa’s archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged civil service pension fund ABP to stop investing in three Israeli banks and ‘strike a powerful, non-violent blow for peace in the Middle East’.
Teachers are to get government cash to pay for retraining as part of a €1.2bn package of measures to improve Dutch school standards.

Dutch firms trials robot hawks to chase off gulls and protect crops
A Dutch company is developing robot birds to protect crops and chase away other birds, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

Rijksmuseum puts up ticket prices almost 17%
Despite having a record number of visitors – 2.2 million in the eight months to end December following its reopening, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is putting up its ticket price by €2.50 to €17.50.

Dutch raise German road toll plan with Brussels, citing discrimination
Transport minister Melania Schultz has asked to European Commission to investigate if Germany’s plans to introduce road tolls for foreigners break EU rules.

Deadly bee larvae disease in Zuidlaren
A highly infectious disease has been found in a honey bee colony in the Drenthe village of Zuidlaren.

Tax cut on home renovations set to continue into 2015
The lower value added tax rate on home extensions and renovations, and garden maintenance will continue for a further six months, sources in The Hague have told current affairs show Nieuwsuur.

More empty shops in Dutch high streets, but big cities doing well
The number of empty shops in the Netherlands grew by 1,000 in the first six months of this year, taking the total to 16,300.

Free water a condition for festival licences: Amsterdam
Amsterdam city council will only grant licences to festival organisers if they guarantee festival goers will have unlimited access to free tap water to fill up their water bottles, the Parool reports on Wednesday.

First 'boycott tomatoes' arrive at Dutch food banks
A consignment of 4,000 kilos of tomatoes have been delivered to Arnhem’s food banks under new rules to stop food waste because of the Russian boycott of Dutch produce.

Minister under pressure after homeless refugee dies in squat
Junior justice minister Fred Teeven is facing questions in parliament after the death of a failed Somali asylum seeker in Amsterdam and serious injuries to a second man after a fall.

Finance ministry sells Landsbanki debt to clear Icesave loan
The Dutch state says it has got back the ‘full amount’ of money made available to the Icelandic authorities in 2008 to compensate savers who lost their cash when internet bank Icesave collapsed.

Arnhem man gets community service for discriminatory job rejection
A 29-year-old man from Arnhem has been given 40 hours community service for writing in an email about a job applicant that he was ‘firstly a dark colour (negro)’.

Euthanasia clinic reprimanded for death of stroke victim
A special clinic set up to help people whose doctors do not support euthanasia has been reprimanded for failings when it helped an elderly woman who did not want to live in a nursing home to die.

Health insurance premiums set to rise by 10% next year: AD
Basic healthcare insurance premiums are likely to rise by around €9.50 a month next year and the own risk element will also go up, the AD reports on Wednesday.

Dutch allocate €6.5m to northern Iraq relief effort
The Netherlands has allocated a further €6.5m in emergency aid to Iraq, aid minister Lilianne Ploumen has announced.

Dutch officials worried about Belgian nuclear power station safety
Politicians in the southern Dutch provinces of Zeeland and Brabant are extremely concerned about conditions in the Belgian nuclear power station in Doel, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday.

Legal advisor quits Zwarte Piet campaign after death threats
One of the legal team helping campaigners opposed to current manifestation of Zwarte Piet has pulled out of the trial process after receiving threats.

Airline Transavia to take on Ryanair and Easyjet
Dutch charter airline Transavia is being transformed into a low cost airline, requiring a 15% cut in costs, chief executive Matthijs ten Brink has told staff in an email.

Belgian Syria returnee claims Dutchman leads IS prison
A Belgian teenager who spent months in Syria is claiming the prison where US journalist James Foley was kept before he was beheaded by the Islamic State militia has a Dutch national in a leadership role.

MH17 crash: DNA found from 283 people, 173 victims identified
Scientists have so far identified 283 different DNA profiles among the victims of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 which was apparently brought down by a rocket in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Cable companies UPC and Ziggo cleared to merge, says Bloomberg
Liberty Global will be given permission to take over its Dutch competitor Ziggo by the European Commission, financial news agency Bloomberg said on Tuesday.

Ice Bucket challenge raises €500,000 so far in the Netherlands
The Ice Bucket Challenge hype has raised some €500,000 for the Dutch ALS charity so far, the NRC said on Tuesday afternoon.

The Netherlands to withdraw Patriot systems from Turkey in January
The Netherlands will end its contribution to Nato's Patriot anti-ballistic missile defence system in Turkey at the end of January next year, the government has confirmed.

Amsterdam waterboard closes down two 'Airbnbs for boats'
Amsterdam waterboard Waternet is trying to close down two websites which allowed boat owners to rent their boats to others on an informal basis.

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